Acne Light Treatment

Acne Skin Care treatments traditionally included two main categories, topical or systemic. Topical acne skin care treatments include Benzoyl Peroxide, alpha hydroxy acids, topical antibiotics, Retin-A, and other cleansers, soaps, or astringents. Systemic acne skin care treatments include oral antibiotics, isotretinoin (Accutane), or hormonal therapies. A combination of treatments is usually ascribed in order to target all four of the acne contributors. These acne skin care treatments target the four main factors that contribute to acne - comedogenesis, sebum production, P. acnes (the bacteria), and inflammation.

The Downtown Spa & Laser Center offers an alternative to these traditional acne treatments. We can provide you with the most advanced technologies available today to treat your acne. We offer complimentary acne skin care consultations to help you get on the right path to healthy, beautiful skin.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Levulan PDT significantly improves moderate to severe cystic acne. The levulan acne treatment deactivates the bacteria that trigger acne, exfoliates the skin to unclog pores, and decreases the activity of overactive sebaceous glands in the skin. This is exciting because sebaceous glands are the root cause in the formation of acne so it has a long lasting effect even on severe acne.

  • Levulan applied for 1-2 hours
  • Activated with blue light for 9-15 minutes
  • Avoid all sun exposure for 48 hours after treatment
  • Skin is red with some swelling and peeling for 3-7 days
  • 3-4 treatments recommended at 1-4 week intervals
Downtown Norfolk including
The Downtown Spa & Laser Center

400 West Brambleton Avenue
Suite 103
Norfolk, VA 23510
North Shore in Virginia Beach
2829 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
500 Discovery Drive
Suite 103
Chespeake, VA 23320
Newport News
11783 Rock Landing Drive
Newport News, VA 23606